Firm Profile > Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP > Paris , France

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
6 AVENUE VELASQUEZ
75008 PARIS
France

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLPdoes an excellent job’: ‘partners are highly trained and easy to work with, and think analytically and conscientiously'. The ‘knowledgeable, courteous and friendly’ nine-lawyer Paris practice has particular strength in investor state arbitration, in which it solely represents governments and state entities. The firm is managing an important caseload for Kazakhstan in various sectors and also acts for several Eastern European states. Finally, the practice handles commercial arbitration and award enforcement proceedings. It is notably acting in cases relating to the energy, oil and gas, M&A and banking sectors. The Paris practice is co-headed by Geoffroy Lyonnet and Peter Wolrich, who also co-chairs the firm's global practice group, ‘is always a few steps ahead tactically’ and ‘stands out for his ability to see both the details and the bigger picture of a case’. Nadia Darwazeh is now at Clyde & Co LLP.

The firm: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, was one of the first US law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counselling clients involved with some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multijurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. With offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Central and East Asia, Curtis is located in the key business centres where clients need the firm most.

Areas of practice: Established in 1973, Curtis’ Paris office handles both international and French corporate and finance matters and international arbitration. It works closely with the firm’s 16 other offices. Many of Curtis’ Paris-based lawyers are multilingual and have business degrees in addition to their law degrees.

Curtis’ Paris office is a centre of excellence in international arbitration matters and undertakes arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL and other arbitration rules. Partners Peter Wolrich and Geoffroy Lyonnet are noted leaders in the field of international arbitration. Peter Wolrich served for 12 years as chairman of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He was the principal draftsman of the ICC’s new arbitration guide for in-house counsel and other party representatives, which was launched in 2014. Geoffroy Lyonnet co-chairs the ICC Task Force that edits the ICC Guide to National Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention.

The highly regarded arbitration team continues to represent clients such as Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Kazakhstan as well as Russia, Macedonia and Cameroon. In 2016, it represented Cameroon in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Belgo-Luxembourg/Cameroon bilateral investment treaty, arising out of the government’s increase of shares in the state-owned commercial bank, allegedly diluting the claimant’s shareholding.In June 2017, the tribunal dismissed the claim against Cameroon, the majority concurring with the Curtis team regarding lack of jurisdiction.

On the commercial arbitration side, the team is notable for its comprehensive victory for French listed Arkema in winning millions of Euros in counterclaims, and is currently handling a variety of commercial arbitrations, including post-M&A and construction disputes.

The corporate group, led by Remy Lerner, is notable for its cross-border investment transactions (projects and infrastructure, M&A, restructuring), spanning Africa, Europe and the US, particularly in the fields of mining and energy (power production, upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors). It has significant experience advising in particular African states in structuring and carrying out acquisitions and disposals of mining and oil and gas assets, and exploration and production contracts. Recent representations include advising the Republic of Gabon in various projects. The corporate group also regularly advises US companies and investment funds on their investments in France and Europe showcasing Curtis’ experience in cross-border corporate team work between offices.

The tax group, led by Marco Blanco, is best known for its advice and analysis of complex cross-border tax issues. Notable matters on which the tax group has advised have included advising several Central Asian and African states on international tax matters.

The Paris office has further developed its international oil and gas state representation particularly in West and Central Africa, notably in the natural gas sector, with the active involvement of Remy Lerner, Marco Blanco and Geoffroy Lyonnet.

The Paris office is staffed by a dynamic and highly motivated team that includes French and American lawyers, many of whom are admitted to practice in both Paris and New York.

The Paris office is part of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, a New York limited liability partnership.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate
Energy/oil and gas
International arbitration
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Sovereign wealth funds
Tax
Trusts and estates
Venture capital
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Ms Sabrina Aïnouz  photo Ms Sabrina Aïnouz
Mr Marco A Blanco  photo Mr Marco A Blanco
Mr Remy Lerner  photo Mr Remy Lerner
Ms Virginie Liautaud  photo Ms Virginie Liautaud
Mr Geoffroy Lyonnet  photo Mr Geoffroy Lyonnet
Mr Peter M Wolrich  photo Mr Peter M Wolrich
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